Definition of lesser yellowlegs

: a common American marsh and shore bird (Tringa flavipes) that closely resembles the greater yellowlegs in color and markings but is smaller with a shorter more slender bill

First Known Use of lesser yellowlegs

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lesser yellowlegs was in 1889

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“Lesser yellowlegs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser%20yellowlegs. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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